PNP Results for the Week of April 11
Here is a look back at Provincial Nominee Program invitation rounds between April 11-15.
This past week, Manitoba held a special Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) invitation round for citizens of Ukraine and the BC PNP issued invitations to more than 155 candidates.
In the latest Express Entry draw held last week, Canada invited 919 PNP candidates to apply with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores of at least 785. Through these programs, interested candidates may be invited to apply for a provincial nomination.
Over the past week, two Canadian provinces have issued invitations to immigration candidates as part of their PNPs. Although provincial nomination is not in itself the same as permanent residence, it can significantly increase the chances of obtaining permanent resident status. For instance, PNP candidates with Express Entry profiles who receive a nomination get 600 points added to their score.
|Province||Category/Stream||Draw||Date of draw||No. of invitations||Minimum score/CRS||Description|
|British Columbia||Skilled Worker, International Graduate||–||
|124||87||Targeted draw: tech|
|Skilled Worker, International Graduate||–||24||70||Targeted draw: children: early childhood educators and assistants(NOC 4214)|
|Skilled Worker, International Graduate, Entry Level, Semi Skilled||–||7||70||Targeted draw: healthcare|
|Skilled Worker, International Graduate||–||<5||70||Targeted draw: other priority occupation|
|Skilled Worker: EEBC Option||–||–||125|
|Manitoba||Special Immigration Measure- Ukraine||3||11/4/2022||20||60||as part of Manitoba govt.’s response to the situation in Ukraine and in line with IRCC special immigration measures for those affected, the Manitoba provincial nominee program will conduct regular EOI draws for individuals who meet all MPNP eligibility criteria and are affected by ongoing events in Ukraine|
Tech group wants new visa to allow skilled workers to enter Canada without a job offer
Council of Canadian Innovators wants Canada to introduce a High Potential Tech Visa, to give in-demand professionals a pathway to permanent residency without a job offer in hand.
“By creating an avenue for skilled tech workers to come to Canada on their own initiative, the government can increase the available supply of skilled workers who could be hired by Canadian companies, without forcing firms to proactively undertake the time-consuming and bureaucratic process involved in sponsoring a potential foreign worker,” the report says.
The CCI also wants the government to offer a concierge service to help companies navigate the immigration system, and thereby ease the pathway to permanent residency through the Global Talent Stream—a work permit program that operates under the Global Skills Strategy and is available to certain employers and select in-demand tech occupations.
To help address labour shortages in the tech sector, the Council of Canadian Innovators is calling on the federal government to pilot a new visa that would allow high-skilled tech workers to come to Canada without a job offer.
The proposed visa, called the High Potential Tech Visa, would target in-demand professions like software developers and data scientists.
This proposal is loosely based on a program being proposed in the UK, which would allow software developers, engineers, or data scientists to enter the country without a job offer. As a result, CCI says the Canadian government should consult with the private sector to pilot allowing highly skilled foreign workers to come to Canada for a designated amount of time without a job offer.
The proposed tech visa would complement the existing Global Skills Strategy, which aims to process work permit applications in as little as two weeks for in-demand roles. The report says if software developers, data scientists, and other professionals working in in-demand occupations were allowed to enter Canada to seek work they would likely find it.
Two-week work permit processing for tech talent
Among the many pathways to permanent residence, Canada also offers the Global Talent Stream (GTS), which allows certain skilled workers to get a temporary work permit within two weeks of applying.
The GTS is also available to employers looking to hire skilled talent for in-demand occupations found on the Global Talent Occupations List. It is one of the pillars of Canada’s Global Skills Strategy, which aims to help companies grow by ensuring they can access the highly skilled talent they need quickly.
Employers in both categories have to meet conditions relating to the payment of skilled workers. It is available to high-growth companies that can demonstrate a need to recruit unique specialized talent from abroad:
- the median wage for the occupation on the Government of Canada’s Job Bank;
- the wage within the range an employer pays current employees in the same position at the same location, with the same skills and experience;
- the minimum wage floor as defined in the Global Talent occupations list (if applicable).
Highly-skilled workers in NOC skill type 0 or A-level occupations may enter Canada to work for 15 days in a six-month period, or 30 days in a 12-month period without a work permit. Researchers working at publicly-funded research institutions may come to Canada for 120 days in a year without needing a work permit.
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